2016-2021 UN Strategic Partnership Development Framework Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2022, Zambia
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
150,000

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Title 2016-2021 UN Strategic Partnership Development Framework Evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2022, Zambia
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 150,000
Source of Funding: RCO M&E Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 100,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with Government Ministry of National Development Planning
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Clifford O. Odimegwu Team leader
Vincent kanyamuna Local Consultant
Pamela Banda Local Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UN Agencies, Government, Cooperating Partners, Implementing Partners, Civil Society Organisations
Countries: ZAMBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The country’s Vision 2030 and the NDPs should continue to inspire the needs and developmental priorities of the Zambia population. The next CF should focus on the identified needs of Zambians, national development priorities and international commitments like SDGs. Both Zambia’s Vision 2030 and the SDGs (the global 2030 Agenda) challenges policymakers, development practitioners and multilateral bodies to look far more deeply at data and the people behind the aggregated statistics. As future CFs seek to strengthen focus on ending exclusion in the effort to leave no one behind, the need to interrogate national averages and country typologies, disaggregated data remain critical.

2
Effectiveness
The results framework of the next CF will need to be harmonized with that of the 8NDP to make the joint partnership measurement framework streamlined and predictable. The priority outcome areas, goals and strategies of both the next CF and 8NDP will need to be aligned.
3
Effectiveness
The next UNSDCF should have a comprehensively reformulated Theory of Change (ToC) which reflects the role of UNCT and Governmnet  towards the attainment of national development aspirations as well as regional, continental and global ones. Such a strong ToC will create a basis for performance reviews and evaluations focused on a theory of achieving intended results for the given UNSDCF. As far  as possible, the ToC of the next CF should be drawn from (or strongly informed by) that of the 8NDP and Vision 2030.  
4
 Effectiveness.
Strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems and building in the continuous quality improvement processes to ensure prompt identification of emerging issues and tracking progress throughout the CF’s life.
                                 


 
5
 Efficiency
Optimization of the BOS to enhance reduction in the operational costs and also save time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
6

"Sustainability
UNSDCF should continue to focus on policy advice, analysis, research, capacity-  and institution building, and provide more responsibility to national partners for programmes implementation to promote and enhance sustainability of all interventions.
"                    
 

7
  Coordination
 In the entirety of the UNSDCF, ensure that all partners involved in its development, implementation and monitoring have a common understanding of the UNSDCF processes and results and maintain an open line of communication. 
8
 Cross-cutting Issues:
The UNSDCF should continue to mainstream the five programming principles to ensure that the needs of the vulnerable groups are addressed, as these are integral to UN normative work, and key dimensions of quality programming. UNRCO can lead the entire UNSDCF process by placing the principles at the center of the UN system’s activities, from data collection, analysis to programming and the implementation stage with particular focus on the vulnerable groups that should be clearly identified in the UNSDCF. These principles should be detailed and operationalized for practical purposes to inform sectoral and cross-sectoral policies and interventions. 
1. Recommendation:

The country’s Vision 2030 and the NDPs should continue to inspire the needs and developmental priorities of the Zambia population. The next CF should focus on the identified needs of Zambians, national development priorities and international commitments like SDGs. Both Zambia’s Vision 2030 and the SDGs (the global 2030 Agenda) challenges policymakers, development practitioners and multilateral bodies to look far more deeply at data and the people behind the aggregated statistics. As future CFs seek to strengthen focus on ending exclusion in the effort to leave no one behind, the need to interrogate national averages and country typologies, disaggregated data remain critical.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct an integrated SDG-centered planning and strategic thinking exercise to incorporate national development priorities during the process of articulating the next CF.
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2021/06 Completed
Hold a consultation meeting with Ministry of Finance and National Planning to assessment and sure full alignment of the UNSDCF- 2023-2027 with 8th National Development Plan
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/03 Completed Two alignment meetings held with MoFNP Permanent Secretary and his technical staff
Finalise M&E Framework for UNSDCF-2023-2027 ensuring that it tracks dissagregated data and it is a gender responsive framework
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/06 Completed
Conduct a mapping of key stakeholders including special groups (Youth, Women, LGBTI, Sex Works, Migrants, Persons with Disasbilities, Refugees. Etc.) in the spirit of LNOB to be invited to participate in the design and formulation of the UNSDCF-2023-2027
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, UNRCO, UNCT 2022/06 Completed
Invited and mobilise identified key stakeholders to participate in dissemination and validation workshop of key stakeholders for the CCA and UNDAF respectively
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, UNRCO, UNCT 2022/06 Completed
2. Recommendation:
Effectiveness
The results framework of the next CF will need to be harmonized with that of the 8NDP to make the joint partnership measurement framework streamlined and predictable. The priority outcome areas, goals and strategies of both the next CF and 8NDP will need to be aligned.
Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts recommendation. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hamonise and align the UNSDCF-2023-2027 M&E Framework with 8NDP Implementation Plan and reporting mechanism
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2023/06 Initiated History
Harmonisation and alignment of main pillar outcomes as well as indicators at output and outcome levels with Government priorities as per the 8NDP and the SDGs."
[Added: 2022/08/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/06 Completed
3. Recommendation:
Effectiveness
The next UNSDCF should have a comprehensively reformulated Theory of Change (ToC) which reflects the role of UNCT and Governmnet  towards the attainment of national development aspirations as well as regional, continental and global ones. Such a strong ToC will create a basis for performance reviews and evaluations focused on a theory of achieving intended results for the given UNSDCF. As far  as possible, the ToC of the next CF should be drawn from (or strongly informed by) that of the 8NDP and Vision 2030.  
Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts the recommendations

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Convene a visioning workshop for UNCT-Zambia to identify key development issues taking into context regional, continental and global perspective based on the UN CCA to inform the formulation of ToC
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/06 Completed
Hold working sessions for Head of Agencies and Result Groups to jointly develop a comprehensive and cross-pillar ToC with overarching vision for the attainment the aspirations of the UNSDCF-2023-2027
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/06 Completed
Undertake internal review of the ToC by technical staff, Resultants Groups and Theme Groups members to provide inputs and feedback
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/06 Completed
Hold consultation meeting with Government on draft ToC for inputs as well as ensure alignment with 8NDP
[Added: 2022/08/09]
PMT, RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/06 Completed
4. Recommendation:
 Effectiveness.
Strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems and building in the continuous quality improvement processes to ensure prompt identification of emerging issues and tracking progress throughout the CF’s life.
                                 


 
Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop monitoring and evaluation systems and ensure they are in place for easy tracking of the new CF progress,
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2023/03 Initiated History
Conduct Joint monitoring activities within the UN and between the UN and GRZ to contribute to the effectiveness of UN in Zambia.
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2023/12 Initiated History
Support national surveys (national census, LCMS, ZAPHIA etc.) and routine data collection mechanisms (HMIS, EMIS, Social Cash transfer MIS, etc.) to strengthen Government's capacity to collect and analyse essential data for monitoring SDGs, 8NDP and UNSDCF.
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/12 Completed Support has been given to ZAm stats to undertake the 2022 national census and living monitoring conditions History
Convene monthly and quarterly meetngs for Results Groups and Theme Groups to enhance their coordination and implementation functions line with their programme mandates
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RCO, RGs and TG Chairs 2022/12 Completed monthly and quarterly meetings for Results Groups and Theme Groups to enhance their coordination and implementation functions line with their programme mandates initiated History
Orient Data and M&E group at both UNCT and GRZ levels on M&E framework and reporting requirements for UNSDCF and 8NDP to enhance monitoring of Cooperation Framework and the national development plan, including SDGs and voluntary national reporting
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
UNCT 2023/03 Not Initiated History
5. Recommendation:
 Efficiency
Optimization of the BOS to enhance reduction in the operational costs and also save time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hold routine planning and monitoring meetings on use of the BOS platform
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
OMT 2023/12 Initiated History
Reviewed and realign OMT Working Groups to the new Cooperation Framework needs.
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
OMT 2022/12 Initiated History
Orient Result Groups, Theme Groups and agency focal point persons on UN INFO system for improved planning, implementation and monitoring
[Added: 2022/08/09]
UNCT, OMT,UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Not Initiated
Quarterly update of UN INFO system to enhance improved planning, implementation and monitoring of the Partnership Framework
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
UNCT, OMT,UNRCO, PMT 2023/12 Not Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

"Sustainability
UNSDCF should continue to focus on policy advice, analysis, research, capacity-  and institution building, and provide more responsibility to national partners for programmes implementation to promote and enhance sustainability of all interventions.
"                    
 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support Government to design an integrated national financing framework for the 8NDP as a plan for co-financing programming with the UN and Cooperating Partners as well as to identify sources of future domestic funding other than donors
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2023/06 Initiated History
Integrate institutional capacity strengthening and support to development laws, policies, strategies and programmes as critical outcomes and outputs of the UNSDCF- 2023-2027
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Completed intergrated institutional capacity strengthening and support to development laws, policies, strategies and programmes as critical outcomes and outputs of the UNSDCF- 2023-2027 History
Formulate financing framework, partnership and resource mobilisation strategy, and communication strategy for UNSDCF-2023-2027
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Completed Formulated financing framework, partnership and resource mobilisation strategy, and communication strategy for UNSDCF-2023-2027 History
Support the Government to conduct policy analysis and produce policy briefs on critical thematic areas as needed
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2023/12 Not Initiated History
Develop CF implementation plans with sustainability as core principle, strengthening ecosystems, ensuring robust local buy-in and stewardship, prioritizing strengthening of existing systems versus creating new ones
[Added: 2022/08/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:
  Coordination
 In the entirety of the UNSDCF, ensure that all partners involved in its development, implementation and monitoring have a common understanding of the UNSDCF processes and results and maintain an open line of communication. 
Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engage with the Government to improve the national planning coordination mechanism at national, provincial and district levels drawing on lessons learnt - focus on operationalising the SDG Sub-committee of the National Development Committee in the new UNSDCF 2023-2027 to be made more functional and demand for accountability in delivering results how they contribute to outputs and outcomes by all Agencies
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Initiated History
Disseminate the UNSDCF-2023-2027 to key stakeholders highlighting focus areas and its alignment to national development priorities, Vision 2030, SDGs, and Africa Agenda 2063
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Completed UNSDCF has been launched and disseminated History
Conduct training for UN programming staff, Government officials and other partners on the UNSDCF development and monitoring process
[Added: 2022/08/09]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2023/09 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:
 Cross-cutting Issues:
The UNSDCF should continue to mainstream the five programming principles to ensure that the needs of the vulnerable groups are addressed, as these are integral to UN normative work, and key dimensions of quality programming. UNRCO can lead the entire UNSDCF process by placing the principles at the center of the UN system’s activities, from data collection, analysis to programming and the implementation stage with particular focus on the vulnerable groups that should be clearly identified in the UNSDCF. These principles should be detailed and operationalized for practical purposes to inform sectoral and cross-sectoral policies and interventions. 
Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/09]

Fully accepts recommendations

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hold Result Group and Theme Group Sessions for integrated UN cross-agency planning, implementation, communication and resource mobilization ensuring integration and visibility of the five programming principles
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
UNCT, GRZ, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Completed Joint planning has been conducted for intergrated UN cross planning History
Hold Result Group and Theme Group Sessions to mainstream UN programming principles in the chain of results and the harmonization measures at the operational level to contribute to improved efficiency and results
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
UNCT, GRZ, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Completed The activity has been completed History
Develop appropriate measurable indicators, particularly paying attention to disaggregated data by sex, age, geography, etc.
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO, PMT 2022/12 Completed measurable indicators disaggregated data by sex, age, geography have been developed. History
Provide Technical Assistant to and fund data management intervention at Zambia Statistical Agency to strengthen Government's capacity to collect and analyse essential data for monitoring SDGs, 8NDP and UNSDCF (with an emphasis on five programming principles to support evidence-based programming, monitoring and evaluation)
[Added: 2022/08/09] [Last Updated: 2022/11/28]
RGs, UNCT, UNRCO 2022/12 Completed Support has been given to ZAM stats History

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